Ghana’s President John Mahama has appointed COP John Kudalor as Acting Inspector General of Police.
Until his appointment, Mr Kudalor was Director General of Police Operations at the Ghana Police Service.
He replaced Mohammed Alhassan who begins his accumulated leave as he prepares to go on retirement. Mr. Alhassan was appointed in February 2013.
The President, as per the Constitution, appoints the IGP in consultation with the Vice President who chairs the Police Council. Mohammed Alhassan has been occupying the position for two years now. He took over from former IGP, Paul Tawiah Quaye in 2013. Mr. Felix Sarpong, Deputy Director Operations of the Ghana Immigration Service has also been appointed to act as Director of Immigration.
Mohammed Alhassan’s Initiatives
Some of the initiatives introducing by the outgoing IGP Mohammed Alhassan include: Police visibility unit; the establishment of a Police Command and Staff College which is aimed at building the capacity of personnel at Winneba in the Central Region; the transformation of the Armoured Car Squadon or the action troppers of the Police Service to the Formed Police Unit to react swiftly to operations; and the reactivation of the Marine Unit which was disbanded.
In spite of these achievements, it was under his tenure that the huge recruitment scandal in which the Director of Operations, COP Patrick Timbilla was implicated, hit the Police Service administration.